Modern Family Unit lie somewhere between The Talking Heads and Chumawumba or Depeche Mode and Derek & Clive.

A Manchester based collective of performers centred around a duo of electro musicians. Politicized and opinionated, grounded by fact and inspired by a love of new and old music, marrying classic 80s new wave with contemporary production values. Their music works as there are no fast rules to their eclectic mix.


Gary Hilton and Steve Southern share a common interest in music, life philosophies and the grounding for what is generally good and what is not. Between them they write and produce the Modern Family Unit musical and visual compositions.

“Surround yourself with weirdos and hope no-one notices and everybody sees”

Modern Family Unit share the stage with President GAS, Lee DjK Dawson, James Eccythump Warner, Shireen ‘Cherie Bebe’ Ashton and Andy Dawson on drums.


NR: Briefly introduce yourselves in less than 10 words…..

MFU: Politicised, personal-therapy, outwardly questioning electro-punk pop music.

NR: What made you want to get into music?

MFU: Elvis, Brylcreem, Bruce Lee and Kraftwerk

NR: What is the writing process?

MFU: Always a collaboration between the two of us, sometimes a lyric or discussion point or a groove / rhythm or chord sequence. Beyond this a semblance of a song idea is shared between us, it’s then taken apart and rebuilt in a new way. Try to be original when you can, and if we take inspiration from something or somewhere, then we endeavour to take it somewhere new. Try not to be too precious or wary.

NR: What has been the best gig you’ve ever played?

MFU: We played the last night at Manchester’s iconic ‘Tiger Lounge’, sad that it was closing, and had a special guest in Mark Reeder as DJ support. So an around special gig, and we had our extended family on stage with us Cherie Bebe, Juan Tanamo Bay and President Gas. I then spent the remainder of the evening talking the history of Manchester music with Mark, joy.

NR: What was the last track you played on Spotify?

MFU: The Rites of Spring by Igor Stravinski

NR: What would be on your band rider?

MFU: A warning note with the request for a private space for President Gas.

NR: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

MFU: Nepotism, but then again it’s across every industry and walk of life – and it’s a very basis human attribute. The message is very simple, it’s a tough industry to break, so there’s no alternative for hard work, the more you practice – the luckier you get, when you get knocked down – keep getting up and be realistic about what you make / produce.

NR: If you could collaborate with any band / person / producer who would it be?

MFU: Brian Eno

NR: What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?

MFU: As for new to me music, I’ve been living with The National, Idles, Sleaford Mods, Viagra Boys, new and unsigned we have been working with a great local singer Amelia Ward who we synced on the latest Intu ad campaign, electro down beat 92Games have new material and Manchester’s HMD could break anytime soon.

NR: What’s in store for you in 2020?

MFU: Band wise we have an album out in the spring called ‘PUNK’ and contains 2 tracks we are close to syncing on national TV campaigns, we’re also working on another film score. The latest single “Idiot Box” is gaining some decent feedback, so we’re hopeful a combination of this will lead to interest in live work.

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